Biology - National 4

Units

Cell Biology, Multicellular Organisms, Life on Earth, Added Value Unit: Biology Assignment

 

What skills will be developed?

  • knowledge and understanding of biology
  • an understanding of biology’s role in scientific issues
  • an understanding of biology in society and the environment
  • scientific inquiry skills to plan and carry out experiments
  • scientific analytical thinking skills in a biology context
  • the ability to use technology, equipment and materials, in scientific activities
  • problem-solving skills in a biology context
  • finding associations and investigating models in real-life contexts
  • use and understand scientific literacy to communicate ideas and issues
  • information-handling skills (selecting, presenting, processing information)
  • the ability to review science-based claims in media reports
  • an understanding of the importance of accuracy
  • evaluating environmental and scientific issues
  • risk assessment and decision-making

 

ASSESSMENT

To gain National 4, learners must pass all Units and the assignment.

Units are assessed as pass or fail by the school/centre (following SQA external quality assurance to meet national standards)

The Assignment will require learners to research a topic of their choice, in consultation with their teacher. The investigation will be undertaken in up to 8 hours of class time and the findings will be written up in no more than 2 hours.

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Biology - National 5

Topics

Cell Biology, Multicellular Organisms, Life on Earth, Assignment

 

 

What skills will be developed?

• a deeper knowledge and understanding of biology

• a deeper understanding of biology’s role in scientific issues

• an understanding of biology in society and the environment

• scientific inquiry skills to plan and carry out experiments

• scientific analytical thinking skills in a biology context

• the ability to use technology, equipment and materials, in scientific activities

• problem-solving skills in a biology context

• use and understand scientific literacy, to communicate ideas and issues

• finding associations and investigating models in real-life contexts

• information-handling skills (selecting, presenting, processing information)

• the knowledge and skills for more advanced learning in biology

• the ability to review science-based claims in media reports

• an understanding of the importance of accuracy

• evaluating environmental and scientific issues

• risk assessment and decision-making

 

Assessment

• To gain National 5, learners must pass the Course Assessment

(Assignment and Question Paper)

• The Course Assessment will be a two-section Question Paper (exam) and an Assignment which will require learners to research a topical issue. The Course Assessment will be marked by the SQA and graded A to D.

 

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Human Biology - Higher

Units

Human Cells, Physiology and Health, Neurobiology and Communication, Immunology and Public Health.

 

Skills Development

• apply knowledge and understanding of human biology

• understand human biology’s role in scientific issues and relevant applications of human biology, including the impact these could make on society and the environment

• develop scientific inquiry and investigative skills and work independently

• develop scientific analytical thinking skills, including scientific evaluation, in a human biology context

• use technology, equipment and materials, safely, in practical scientific activities, including using risk assessments

• plan and problem-solve in a human biology context

• use and understand scientific literacy to communicate ideas and issues and to make scientifically informed choices

 

Opportunities for Learners

• investigate the applications of human biology

• acquire a deeper understanding of cellular processes, physiological mechanisms, communication between organisms, and the biology of populations as they apply to the human species

• apply skills and knowledge to experiments and practical investigations

• adapt their learning to new situations

• make decisions based on evidence

• evaluate the impact of science developments on their own health and wellbeing, society and the environment

 

Assessment

• To gain Higher Human Biology, learners must pass the four Units and the Course Assessment (an Assignment and a Question Paper for 120 marks)

• Units are assessed as pass or fail by the school/centre and are quality assured by the SQA. Achievement of Units is recorded on the learner's qualifications certificate

• The Course Assessment consists of an Assignment (20 marks) and a Question Paper (exam for 100 marks) which is in two sections (see below). These are marked externally by the SQA

• Higher Human Biology is graded from A to D or as No Award.

 

Question Paper Section 1: multiple choice questions (20 marks)

Section 2: has extended response questions (80 marks)

2 hours 30 minutes

100 marks

 

Assignment Learners will investigate a relevant human biology topic, first researching and then writing up findings in a report under timed conditions.

20 marks

 

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Biology - Advanced Higher

The Advanced Higher Biology Course focuses on the areas of cells and proteins, organisms and evolution, and investigative biology. Learners develop a sound theoretical understanding and practical experience of experimental investigative work in biological science, and develop their ability to carry out complex practical scientific activities.

 

The aims of this Course are to enable learners to:

  • develop a critical understanding of the role of biology in scientific issues and relevant applications, including the impact these could make on the environment/ society
  • extend and apply knowledge, understanding and skills of biology
  • develop and apply the skills to carry out complex practical scientific activities, including the use of risk assessments, technology, equipment and materials
  • develop and apply scientific inquiry and investigative skills, including planning and experimental design
  • develop and apply analytical thinking skills, including critical evaluation of experimental procedures, in a biology context
  • extend and apply problem solving skills in a biology context
  • further develop an understanding of scientific literacy, using a wide range of resources, in order to communicate complex ideas and issues and to make scientifically informed choices
  • extend and apply skills of independent/autonomous working in biology

 

 

Progression and employment

A biology-based HND/degree programme or one from a wide range of related areas, such as medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, professions allied to medicine, horticulture, pharmacology, environmental science and health

Careers in a biology-based or related area including the health sector, agricultural science, education, environmental services.

 

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